Callaghan Park meet in doubt as rain buckets down
RACING: The prospect of continuing rain today has frustrated Rockhampton Jockey Club officials who are concerned about the fate of tomorrow's attractive seven-event TAB card that was to herald a return to racing at Callaghan Park racecourse.
Up till 2.30pm yesterday, about 100mm of rain had soaked the track this week which, on top of earlier falls, has made the car park inaccessible.
"It is fair to say that weather conditions on Wednesday (today) will hold the key to the fate of the races," track manager Graham Brady said.
"We need a break in the weather but that is probably not looking possible. If further rain comes, there is less likelihood of the race meeting going ahead."
Brady and his team have worked under trying conditions in the past few weeks to restore the Callaghan Park complex and turf racetrack to racing form and this week's weather has been a frustrating blow.
The last race meeting held at Callaghan Park was on January 17, which was followed by the loss of the January 24 and January 31 programs because of heavy rain and then flooding. Three race meetings were transferred to both Mackay and Yeppoon.
While 2013 is the Year of the Snake, it would be more appropriately titled the Year of the Frog as more than 637mm of rain has drenched Rockhampton already this year. This compares to just 240.8mm in the similar period last year. It will be a shame if tomorrow's meeting does not go ahead as fields are strong - the final declaration is of 76 starters.
Thangool Race Club has extended nominations for the $6000 Owners and Trainers Open Handicap (1075m) after only four entries were received for Saturday's race.
The other four races on the card have received strong support.
Race club secretary Edwina Devine has advised that a memorial race in honour of former longstanding club president Laurie Moller, who passed away last week, would be held at a later date.
Meanwhile, premier trainer Lyle Rowe's talented sprinter Kilwinning Option has been sent to the paddocks to spell after his recent unplaced run in Brisbane.